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TO­DAY (3pm un­lesss stated)

Ever­ton (9) v Liver­pool (3), Good­i­son Park, 12.30pm (Sky Sports)

Idrissa Gana Gu­eye should be fit to re­turn for Ever­ton and de­fender Ashley Wil­liams is avail­able again af­ter com­plet­ing a three-match ban fol­low­ing his dis­missal against Burn­ley.

Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp has a raft of in­juries to con­tend with. For­ward Mo­hamed Salah is un­likely to be risked af­ter sus­tain­ing a groin in­jury against Manch­ester City in mid­week, while mid­field­ers Emre Can (back), Adam Lal­lana (ham­string) and Ben Wood­burn are all out. Rag­nar Kla­van has a chance of mak­ing the squad.

Last five: Ever­ton LLWWL; Liver­pool WWLWW

Top scor­ers: Rooney (Ever­ton) 10; Salah (Liver­pool) 38

Match odds: 3-1; D 13-5; A 10-11

Ref­eree: Michael Oliver

Bournemouth (10) v Crys­tal Palace (17), Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium Bournemouth will be with­out mid­fielder Ju­nior Stanis­las for the rest of the Premier League sea­son fol­low­ing knee surgery. Cap­tain Si­mon Fran­cis (ham­string) will be as­sessed and for­ward Lys Mous­set could be avail­able. Chris­tian Ben­teke faces a late fit­ness test with Palace’s other senior recog­nised strik­ers, Alexan­der Sor­loth and Connor Wick­ham, al­ready ruled out. James Tomkins is again avail­able for se­lec­tion, but Jef­frey Schlupp, Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Ja­son Pun­cheon and Bakary Sako re­main long-term ab­sen­tees.

Last five: Bournemouth DDLWD; Crys­tal Palace LLLWL

Top scor­ers: Wil­son (Bournemouth) 8; Milivo­je­vic (Crys­tal Palace) 9

Match odds: H 6-4; D 23-10; A 9-5

Ref­eree: Jon Moss

Brighton (13) v Hud­der­s­field (16), Amex Sta­dium

Brighton will give Dale Stephens (ham­string) every chance to prove his fit­ness. Loa­nee Leonardo Ul­loa can re­turn hav­ing been in­el­i­gi­ble for last week­end’s 2-0 loss against par­ent club Le­ices­ter. Hud­der­s­field will be with­out Elias Kachunga for the rest of the sea­son (an­kle lig­a­ments). Aside from long-term ab­sen­tees Danny Wil­liams (leg) and Michael He­fele (knee), man­ager David Wag­ner has every other first-team player at his dis­posal.

Last five: Brighton DWWLL; Hud­der­s­field WLDLL

Top scor­ers: Mur­ray (Brighton) 13; Mounie (Hud­der­s­field) 8

Match odds: H 4-5; D 23-10; A 195


Le­ices­ter (8) v New­cas­tle (12), King Power Sta­dium

Le­ices­ter mid­fielder Matty James An­thony Tay­lor (Cheshire) been ruled out for the rest of the sea­son fol­low­ing Achilles ten­don surgery. Wil­fred Ndidi is sus­pended.

Loan striker Is­lam Sli­mani is in­el­i­gi­ble but fel­low front­man Joselu is fit af­ter re­cov­er­ing from an an­kle in­jury, while mid­fielder Mo­hamed Di­ame has shaken off the knock which saw him limp off against the Ter­ri­ers.

Last five: Le­ices­ter LDDWW; New­cas­tle WDLWW

Top scor­ers: Vardy (Le­ices­ter) 18; Gayle & Perez (New­cas­tle) 5

Match odds: H 1-1; D 5-2; A 13-5

Ref­eree: Stu­art Attwell

Manch­ester City (1) v Manch­ester United (2), Eti­had Sta­dium, 5.30pm (Sky Sports)

Manch­ester City will check on the fit­ness of Ser­gio Aguero, while Ser­gio Romero is the only United ab­sen­tee. The back-up goal­keeper is side­lined af­ter be­ing in­volved in a col­li­sion on Ar­gentina duty, with 17-year-old Matej Ko­var brought into first-team train­ing on the eve of the derby. Ver­sa­tile Da­ley Blind is back in con­tention for United, while Phil Jones, Mar­cos Rojo and An­der Her­rera have also re­cently re­turned to full fit­ness.

Last five: Man City WWWWW; Man Utd LWWWW

Top scor­ers: Aguero (Man City) 30; Lukaku (Man Utd) 26

Match odds: H 19-20; D 13-5; A 14-5

Ref­eree: Martin Atkin­son

Stoke (19) v Tot­ten­ham (4), Bet365 Sta­dium, Sky Sports ROI Kurt Zouma could re­turn to the Stoke squad, hav­ing missed the de­feat to Arse­nal with a knee in­jury. Striker Mame Diouf (calf) will also be as­sessed. Eric Maxim Choupo-mot­ing (groin) is likely to miss out again, while Char­lie Adam is still sus­pended. Harry Kane could be in line to start for Spurs. The Eng­land striker made his quick­fire re­turn from an­kle lig­a­ment dam­age at Chelsea as a sub­sti­tute last week and is now in con­tention for a start­ing berth. Harry Winks is, how­ever, still miss­ing with an an­kle in­jury of his own.

Last five: Stoke DDLLL; Tot­ten­ham WWWWW

Top scor­ers: Shaqiri (Stoke) 7; Kane (Tot­ten­ham) 35

Match odds: H 8-1; D 19-5; A 1-3

Ref­eree: Graham Scott

Watford (11) v Burn­ley (7), Vicarage Road,

Watford de­fender Chris­tian Kabasele has re­turned to train­ing af­ter his ham­string prob­lem. De­fender Craig Cath­cart made his re­turn from a hip in­jury as a sub­sti­tute against Bournemouth last week­end and should be in­volved again.

Burn­ley goal­keeper Tom Heaton is back in con­tention af­ter be­ing out since Septem­ber with a dis­lo­cated shoul­der. Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son is hop­ing to re­cover from a calf strain but de­fender Ben Mee is doubt­ful due to a knock sus­tained in train­ing, while Scott Ar­field (calf) and Jonathan Wal­ters (knee) are still out.

Last five: Watford WWLLD; Burn­has ley LDWWW

Top scor­ers: Richarli­son (Watford) 8; Wood (Burn­ley) 10

Match odds: H 13-10; D 21-10; A 23-10

Ref­eree: Paul Tier­ney

West Brom (20) v Swansea (15), The Hawthorns

Sam Field should be back in the West Brom squad. The young mid­fielder missed the de­feat to Burn­ley with a calf in­jury sus­tained on in­ter­na­tional duty but trained this week. Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Daniel Stur­ridge (ham­string) are mak­ing progress but the game will prob­a­bly come to soon, while Gareth Barry will prob­a­bly miss the rest of the sea­son. Mid­fielder Sam Clu­cas is set to fea­ture for Swansea af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a knee in­jury. Re­nato Sanches (ham­string) and An­gel Ran­gel (groin) re­main out, al­though Ran­gel has started train­ing again, while Jor­dan Ayew serves the fi­nal game of a three-match ban.

Last five: West Brom LLLLL; Swansea WLWDL

Top scor­ers: Ron­don & Ro­driguez (West Brom) 9; Jor­dan Ayew (Swansea) 10

Match odds: H 7-5; D 11-5; A 2-1

Ref­eree: Roger East


Arse­nal (6) v Southamp­ton (18), Emi­rates Sta­dium, 2.15pm (Sky Sports)

Arse­nal will be with­out Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan, af­ter the Ar­me­nia in­ter­na­tional limped out of Thurs­day’s Europa League win over CSKA Moscow. Goal­keeper David Ospina (an­kle) is also side­lined, as is long-term ab­sen­tee Santi Ca­zorla (Achilles), but Pierre-em­er­ick Aubameyang can re­turn hav­ing been cup-tied in Europe. Southamp­ton’s Mario Lem­ina faces a late fit­ness test be­fore their man­ager Mark Hughes se­lects his start­ing XI for Sun­day’s visit to Arse­nal.

The de­fen­sive mid­fielder is yet to fully re­cover from a virus but re­turned to train­ing on Fri­day and could yet be passed fit.

Sam Mcqueen has al­ready been ruled out, ow­ing to a groin in­jury.

Last five: Arse­nal LLLWW; Southamp­ton LDDLL

Top scor­ers: La­cazette (Arse­nal) 12; Austin (Southamp­ton) 6

Match odds: H 11-20; D 16-5; A 92

Ref­eree: An­dre Mar­riner

Chelsea (5) v West Ham (14), Stam­ford Bridge, 4.30pm Chelsea could have both Thibaut Cour­tois (ham­string) and Pe­dro fit. David Luiz (knee) and Ethan Am­padu (an­kle) re­main side­lined for An­to­nio Conte’s men. Michail An­to­nio needs a ham­string op­er­a­tion and will miss the rest of West Ham’s sea­son, while mid­fielder Manuel Lanzini is still strug­gling with a knee in­jury. James Collins (ham­string) is an­other doubt while Win­ston Reid, Pe­dro Obiang, Andy Car­roll and Sam Byram are long-term ab­sen­tees.

Last five: Chelsea WLLWL; West Ham WLLLW

Top scor­ers: Haz­ard (Chelsea) 15; Ar­nau­tovic (West Ham) 9

Match odds: H 2-7; D 4-1; A 11-1

Ref­eree: Kevin Friend

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